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32 Ideas for Future Retail

From Vehicle Vending Machines to Instant Online Shopping Buttons

— November 18, 2015 — Business
Future retail concepts that are likely to shape the evolution of the relationship between consumers and retail brands for as far ahead as 2030 have begun to emerge. With the shift toward digital integration and experience-focused shopping, there are plenty of indicators that point to the future of selling.

From the ways consumers interact with products to the nature of the relationship between individual and the brand in question, there are plenty of signals of what the future may hold. Virtual test drives, highly curated purchase subscriptions and high-tech, large-scale vending machines that offer automation and convenience are just a few of these defining future retail innovations. With excitement around other areas of innovation such as shoppable music videos and art gallery-inspired retail spaces, there is plenty of evidence that the avenues for purchase will be almost entirely changed in 15-20 years.
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Recipe-Paired Wine Deliveries
Recipe-Paired Wine Deliveries
This Ingredient Delivery Service Sends Wine Pairings for Every Meal
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Deal-Finding Virtual Assistants
Deal-Finding Virtual Assistants
Scout is a Virtual Concierge That Helps Users Save While Shopping
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Bag-Free Shopping Services
Bag-Free Shopping Services
DropIt Allows Users to Drop Their Bags for a Same-Day Delivery Service
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Grocery-Ordering Gadgets
Grocery-Ordering Gadgets
The Hiku Scanner Lets You Avoid Going Shopping For Groceries
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Experiential Furniture Displays
Experiential Furniture Displays
This Store Helps Customers Reimagine Their Home Living Spaces
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Personalized Hotel Closets
Personalized Hotel Closets
'The Curated Closet' Prepares Clothing Selections for Hotel Guests
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Sensory Audio Shops
Sensory Audio Shops
These Sennheiser Pop-Up Stores Celebrate the Holiday Season
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Futuristic Shopping Beacons
Futuristic Shopping Beacons
The ‘Estimote’ Uses Your Smartphone to Customize Your Shopping Trips
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Purchase-Predicting Stores
Purchase-Predicting Stores
Farfetch Turns Browns into a "Store of the Future" with Retail Tech
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Virtual Kimono Fittings
Virtual Kimono Fittings
The Matsuya Department Store Now Offers a Virtual Fitting Service
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Instant Online Shopping
Instant Online Shopping
The Amazon Dash Button Lets Prime Members Reorder Products with a Push
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Printed Retail Structures
Printed Retail Structures
The RIBA Shanghai Windows Project Exhibits a 3D-Printed Custom Display
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Limited Inventory Bookstores
Limited Inventory Bookstores
This Niche Bookstore Only Stocks One Title at a Time
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Starry Simulation Drives
Starry Simulation Drives
Mitsubishi's Virtual Experience Takes Drivers to the Stars
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Virtual Flower Shops
Virtual Flower Shops
This Online Retailer is Changing the Way Consumers Buy Flowers
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Multi-Tiered Electronics Shops
Multi-Tiered Electronics Shops
This Experimental Store is Divided into Various Interactive Spaces
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Robotic Beauty Shop Assistants
Robotic Beauty Shop Assistants
Sephora's Flash Store is a Revolution in Connected Shopping
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Experiential Tech Retailers
Experiential Tech Retailers
The Samsung D'Light Experience is a Multi-Level Immersive Retail Shop
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Sophisticated Love Shops
Sophisticated Love Shops
Fun Factory by Karim Rashid Puts a Futuristic Spin on Adult Stores
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Virtual Customization Kiosks
Virtual Customization Kiosks
Foot Locker Introduces an Interactive Shoe Customization Service
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Futuristic Athletic Retailers
Futuristic Athletic Retailers
The Personalized Nike Experience at its New Stores Redefines Retail
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Futuristic Cosmetic Shops
Futuristic Cosmetic Shops
AlpStories' Flagship Store is Open Concept
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VR Runway Experiences
VR Runway Experiences
Tommy Hilfiger's Virtual Reality Retail Store Provides a Runway Experience
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Sensory Clothing Displays
Sensory Clothing Displays
The Adidas Climachill Display is an Immersive Experience for Shoppers
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Virtual Technology Shops
Virtual Technology Shops
Google's Virtual Shop Simulates its Branded Retail Space in London
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VR Vending Machines
VR Vending Machines
The Acure Drink Dispenser Mimics a Store Shelf to Provide Product Info
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Virtual Drug Stores
Virtual Drug Stores
Well.Ca's Virtual Shopping Experience Features Scannable Products
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Interactive Retail Mirrors
Interactive Retail Mirrors
Samsung's Mirror and Transparent OLED Makes Retail Visually Engaging
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Responsive Fitting Room Booths
Responsive Fitting Room Booths
Urban Research's Wearable Clothing is Portable and Interactive
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Virtual Vino Pop-Ups
Virtual Vino Pop-Ups
This Virtual Wine Vending Machine Pop-Up is Inside a Subway Station
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Futuristic Fitness Galleries
Futuristic Fitness Galleries
Nike has Invaded a Gallery to Promote a Holiday Collection
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